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MagoFun – Your Face on a Magazine Cover

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See if you can resist trying this one out. Do you remember the trend for making fake magazine covers with your photo in the place of the model, or the photo of a friend so you could give a framed copy as a gift? Now you can make your own fake magazine covers with photos of yourself or others – I tried it and it’s effective and also useful to brighten up your profile picture on social networks. You could also put photos of others to email or print out as a fun present. Some magazine titles are less than complimentary so they could be provide a comical way of complaining about somebody who has let you down.

Using the website is simple. The main page prompts you to upload a photo and then you can scroll through a selection of fake magazine covers. These vary from glamorous movie star publications to serious news or specialist interest magazines including sports and cars. As a closet geek I felt more comfortable on the cover of computer magazines and the result is effective and funny. I’m sure a few people will think it’s authentic until they think about it. People seeing these covers are likely to try the site out so it should gain popularity quickly, especially as it’s just in time for the gift-giving season.

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CutMyPic – Resize and Enhance Photos

cutmypicCutMyPic came to my attention just as I needed a quick way to cut a portrait from a photo for a poster I was designing. It’s a site I’ll be using many times as it’s such a handy way of working with photos and also enhancing them and saving them to use with another application, or to email to friends. The designers jokingly say it could be used to ‘cut out that guy who shouldn’t have been in the picture’, and in fact it really is a convenient way to take out anything you don’t want from the background or to focus in on a particular subject. This is just as useful for personal albums as it is for work, education and sharing photos. For social networks and other places where you need to post a profile it helps by letting you cut out a good head and shoulders shot.

The programmers are in Japan and the site can be read in English or Japanese. It’s a simple site with no adverts, just a step-by-step method of working with your photos. No membership is required and the site is used as a tool where you upload a photo, use the cursor to drag a frame around the part you want to cut and keep, choose a photo shape (square/rectangular, round, or with rounded edges), plus it has a quick method of adding or removing drop shadow. Drop shadow adds realistic shadow around your image. The photo can then be saved on your computer or emailed via CutMyPic. Photos in jpg, jpeg, png and gif image files can be handled by CutMyPic, but not others. Highly recommended for those who don’t have great photoshopping skills but need to do the basics easily.

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